Staph Infections are a Serious Threat to Babies, Especially in Hospitals; Swabbies Presents an Effective Solution
Infants and small children who wear diapers are particularly susceptible to Staph infections such as MRSA. Preventing skin-to-skin contact is one of the key reasons Swabbies was created as a single-hand applicator of a safe diaper rash cream.
Each year, about 5,000 babies develop severe Staph infections, with about one-tenth of those cases being fatal.1 At any given time, approximately 33 of people are carrying Staph in their nose without even knowing it.2 Infants and toddlers are extremely vulnerable to Staph infections due to their underdeveloped immune systems and propensity to develop diaper rash. Thankfully, parents and caregivers have a new way to help prevent the spread of Staph by treating diaper rash with Swabbies, a sanitary, mess-free diaper rash cream that can be applied without skin-to-skin contact.
The most common types of Staph infection are methicillin-susceptible S. aureus (MSSA) and the more well-known, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). However, infant death rates from the two are scarcely different, with MSSA at 10 and MRSA at 12.1 MRSA generally spreads when infected wounds come into contact with contaminated hands or due to direct contact.2 For many years, these resistant strains were predominantly seen in hospitalized patients and with those who were chronically ill.3 Nowadays, however, healthy adults and even children are more susceptible.3 The good news is that prevention of skin infections like Staph and MRSA are avoidable and preventable.2
As a mompreneur I found that necessity truly is the mother of invention when I wanted nothing more than to have a free hand and a clean hand when applying diaper rash cream while changing my squirmy baby’s diaper. I was inspired to create Swabbies, a single-use herbal cream that’s administered with a single hand and no mess.
The applicator’s patented design allows the cream to be easily dispensed with one hand, while the other hand remains free to tend to an otherwise wiggly baby. Unlike other diaper rash solutions, there’s no need for anyone to get gooey cream on their hands—simply use one hand to break the seal; then gently squeeze the tube until the cream reaches the top of the sponge and liberally apply to the diaper rash area.
Swabbies’ uniquely formulated organic diaper rash cream includes grape seed oil, beeswax, olive oil, shea butter, lavender, and tea tree oil. Swabbies also contain 40 zinc oxide to promote rapid results, and are free of parabens, BPA phthalates, mineral oil and latex.
My mission was to a create safe, beneficial and effective baby care products that are easier and safer for busy parents and caregivers. Not only do Swabbies achieve this mission, but they can also help to prevent common Staph strains from spreading.
(1) Sifferlin, Alexandra. “Staph Infections Are Still a Risk for Thousands of Babies.” Time, Time, 19 Oct. 2015.
(2) “Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 22 May 2017.
(3) “MRSA and Staph Infections in Children.” WebMD, Web.